President Trump’s biggest promise, while he was campaigning and afterward, was to build a wall on our southern border with Mexico. He said that Mexico, in the end, would pay for that wall. Not only is Trump actually building the wall, he’s found a way to indeed make Mexico pay for it.
Many have ridiculed the president for saying that Mexico would somehow pay for the wall. But there have always been multiple ways that they could wind up doing so. Trump never meant to send them a bill… funding would come from a rework of NAFTA, border fees or tariffs.
According to President Trump, he and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto are set to reach a trade deal which will be “one of the largest trade deals ever made. Maybe the largest trade deal ever made.”
Trump has renegotiated NAFTA with Mexico. As far as I know, he scrapped the name and is dealing individually with Mexico and Canada. President Trump warned Canada on Saturday that it “will be out” of a revised North American trade agreement unless it’s “fair” to the United States, and he threatened to scrap the current deal should Congress “interfere” with the negotiations.
“There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal,” Trump said in one of a series of tweets. It is unclear whether the Trump administration has the authority to strike a deal with just Mexico, as it announced Monday, and exclude Canada. Also, Congress must approve any rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement and might refuse to endorse a deal that leaves longtime ally Canada on the sidelines.
It is clear though that through restructuring and renegotiation, Trump plans to recoup the money that is spent on the wall from Mexico through a version of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA is an agreement signed by Canada, Mexico, and the United States that effectively created a trilateral trade bloc in North America in 1994 under President Bill Clinton.
The deal lifted tariffs on just about everything that involved Canada, Mexico or the U.S. It cost America many manufacturing jobs and suppressed wages. According to the Economic Policy Institute in 2013, some 700,000 jobs were lost as production moved to Mexico. The hardest hit states were California, Texas, and Michigan.
NAFTA was an issue that President Trump vowed to address as well when he was elected. It’s yet another promise kept. Mexico basically elected a tough-talking socialist this time around. But when Trump brought him to the negotiating table, he folded like a house of cards.
The wall with Mexico will cost approximately $25 billion. The scuttling and rewriting of NAFTA will allegedly make us many times over that. So in essence, Trump is forcing Mexico to pay for the wall to be built.
Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray Caso tweeted, “We just reached a trade understanding with the US, and the outlook for the relationship between our two countries is very positive. We will NEVER pay for a wall, however. That has been absolutely clear from the very beginning.”
If he truly believes that he has blinders on because that was never clear. In fact, just the opposite. Many Americans have little doubt that President Trump will find a way for Mexico to pay for the wall.
From The Hill:
“Videgaray’s tweet came in response to comments Trump made during a meeting with FIFA and U.S. Soccer officials about the 2026 men’s World Cup.
“Shortly after praising a joint bid from the U.S., Mexico, and Canada to host the tournament as a “great partnership,” Trump was asked about Mexico paying for his border wall.
“The wall will be paid for very easily by Mexico. It will ultimately be paid for by Mexico,” Trump told reporters.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 28, 2018
Late last month, Trump threatened to shut down the government if he did not receive adequate funding from the U.S. Congress for the wall. Eventually, he may be forced to do just that. But there are many ways to skin this particular cat.
Mexico is ready to sign the new trade agreement. Canada is balking but will eventually have to come to the table because they have to. In 2016, 76.23 percent of their exports were to the U.S. 52.18 percent of their imports were from the U.S. as well.
President Trump is a master negotiator and doesn’t hesitate to play hardball. Trump plans to call the new deal the “United States-Mexico Trade Agreement.” It will require 75 percent of auto content to be made in the U.S. and Mexico, up from 62.5 percent, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced. The deal would also require that 40-45 percent of auto content be made by workers earning at least $16 per hour.
We just reached a trade understanding with the US, and the outlook for the relationship between our two countries is very positive. We will NEVER pay for a wall, however. That has been absolutely clear from the very beginning.
— Luis Videgaray Caso (@LVidegaray) August 28, 2018
“Second only to the booming economy, Monday’s announcement of a deal with Mexico is the most visible manifestation of Trump’s fulfillment of his campaign promises. Last year, the USA had a large $71 billion trade in goods deficit with Mexico, owing in part to much lower worker pay. This new deal will limit Mexico’s ability to take U.S. manufacturing jobs by underpaying workers.
“Another key part of the new trade deal increases the percentage of a car that must be made in North America to qualify for lower-tariff import into the USA. This will be a major boon to American automotive workers and that industry’s domestic supply chain.
“Trump understood the simple math that countries with which we have trade deficits would have to come to the negotiating table. By definition, we buy more from them than they buy from us, which gives us the power any major consumer has over a seller. These countries also cannot afford to lose access to our $20 trillion economy—the world’s largest. Trump realized the power this gives us and decided to use it to level the playing field for American workers — unlike other recent presidents.”
Looks to me like President Trump just got the entire wall paid for and it won’t cost us a dime. That’s the kind of leadership we voted for.
President @realDonaldTrump: NO. Mexico will NEVER pay for a wall. Not now, not ever.
Sincerely, Mexico (all of us).
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) May 30, 2018
Our new Trade Deal with Mexico focuses on FARMERS, GROWTH for our country, tearing down TRADE BARRIERS, JOBS and having companies continue to POUR BACK INTO OUR COUNTRY. It will be a big hit!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018
Spoke to members of the @SenateGOP today about @POTUS Trump’s historic U.S.–Mexico Trade Agreement and about passing the 2018 Farm Bill to support our great American farmers and to greater strengthen our booming economy.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) August 28, 2018
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2018
Luis Videgaray Caso on U.S.-Mexico trade deal: "It's a breakthrough and it shows that two countries can actually get together and do a good deal. A good deal for both of them, that is reciprocal, that is fair." @IngrahamAngle https://t.co/oJcRAZvZWV pic.twitter.com/fuIGwNjY3U
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 28, 2018
After Kavanaugh Accuser’s Latest Demand, Trump Puts An End To The Charade
The woman who is accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of an alleged sexual assault from 36 years ago is now saying the FBI should investigate the incident before senators hold a hearing on the allegations.
In a letter sent to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and obtained by CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys is now making the argument that “a full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner and that the Committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions.”
Here is more on this via CNN:
“Dr. Ford’s testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events,” Grassley said. “Nothing the FBI or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay.”
A Justice Department spokesperson said the FBI had forwarded the initial letter from Sen. Dianne Feinstein on September 12 to the White House counsel’s office in accordance with guidelines for conducting background checks.
The spokesperson noted that the allegation “does not involve any potential federal crime,” and said if the FBI becomes aware of new information that raises suitability questions about a nominee or appointee, the agency will inform the White House, which is an existing agreement.
According to the spokesperson, the FBI “does not make any judgment about the credibility or significance of any allegation.”
The letter comes after a day of uncertainty about whether the hearing scheduled for Monday would even take place, as Republicans continued to emphasize their repeated efforts to reach out to Ford.
Last week, news surrounding a private letter that had been sent to Feinstein, Democrat of California, raised potential questions about Kavanaugh’s nomination. Feinstein later announced she had given the letter to the FBI. On Sunday, The Washington Post published a story that detailed Ford’s personal account of an incident that Ford said took place when she and Kavanaugh were both in high school.
Ford alleges that while at a party, Kavanaugh pushed her into a bedroom along with his former classmate Mark Judge, and attempted to remove her clothes. She also alleges that Kavanaugh put her hand over her mouth when she attempted to scream. Kavanaugh has denied the incident, and he and Judge both deny being at the party in question.
“This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone. Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday,” Kavanaugh said in a statement. “I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity.”
The public accusation led Grassley on Monday to announce that the committee would convene next Monday to give both Kavanaugh and Ford the opportunity to publicly testify, as both had indicated a willingness to do so.
But as of Tuesday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans had yet to hear from Ford or her lawyer regarding their request for her to testify.
“What we’re saying is there should be an investigation because that’s the right thing to do,” Banks said.
“She is prepared to cooperate with the committee and with any law enforcement investigation,” she added.
Democrats have pushed back on the hearing. All 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter on Tuesday to FBI Director Christopher Wray and White House counsel Don McGahn arguing that the FBI should conduct an investigation prior to a hearing.
“The Committee should have the completed report before any hearing occurs and we ask that you take immediate steps to make sure that we have the FBI’s report before we proceed,” the senators wrote.
Feinstein said in a statement she supported Ford’s proposal.
“We should honor Dr. Blasey Ford’s wishes and delay this hearing. A proper investigation must be completed, witnesses interviewed, evidence reviewed and all sides spoken to. Only then should the chairman set a hearing date,” Feinstein said in a news release.
“I hope that each and every one of us will immediately denounce the horrific treatment of Dr. Blasey Ford. That this brave woman is receiving death threats and has been forced to flee with her family is appalling and heartbreaking. This abuse must stop. We’re better than this.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, also supported Ford’s proposal.
“Dr. Ford’s call for the FBI to investigate also demonstrates her confidence that when all the facts are examined by an impartial investigation, her account will be further corroborated and confirmed,” Schumer said in a statement. “Senate Republicans and the White House should drop their inexplicable opposition to an FBI investigation, allow all the facts to come out, and then proceed with a fair process in the Senate. Dr. Ford’s life has already been badly disrupted by death threats and other intimidation. She deserves to be treated with respect and fairness by the Senate.”
However, Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, countered Ford’s proposal on Twitter Tuesday night, arguing, “The FBI does not do investigations like this.”
The letter goes on trying to make the argument that although she has received a “stunning amount” of support from her community she has also been the target of death threats and has been forced to vacate her home because of this.
But now The Right Scoop is reporting that President Trump has had enough of this left wing partisan charade.
The President made it very clear he thinks that all this proves is that Ford doesn’t want to testify. She knows the FBI has passed on it since it isn’t even in their jurisdiction and any investigation isn’t going to happen anytime soon. He added that he feels this is all a way for her to try and save face without this going any further.
Trump ended his statement by adding, “So let’s just cancel everything and vote already. This farce has gone long enough.”
The left is now trying to involve their Obama weaponized FBI in a case that they have to jurisdiction over. Whatever alleged happened 36 years ago wasn’t a federal crime, and no reason to involve the FBI. The President is right, all this is is just a way to have an excuse to not testify because nothing ever happened and she wants to save face. Too late Ford!
Trump Announces His ‘Crowning Achievement,’ Sets FBI Swamp On Fire
As the sheer depths of corruption contained within the ranks of the FBI continues to be revealed, President Donald Trump stated in a recent interview that he believes that transparency is necessary to reveal to the American people that the Russia collusion case is based on a hoax. By ordering the release of classified documents, President Trump plans to expose this significant corruption for all to see in what could become one of the “crowning achievements” of his presidency.
In a 45-minute interview with Hill.TV, President Trump answered a series of wide-ranging questions from the Oval Office, stating – “What we’ve done is a great service to the country, really. I hope to be able to call this, along with tax cuts and regulation and all the things I’ve done … in it is own way this might be the most important thing because this was corrupt.”
He also expressed his regret that he did not fire former FBI Director James Comey immediately upon ascending the presidency in January 2017, instead of waiting until May 2017.
This is a confirmation of the account given earlier the same day by Trump attorney, Rudy Giuliani, stating President Trump was highly dismayed in 2016 in regards to the way Comey chose to handle the investigation into the Hillary Clinton email investigation. As a result of that, discussions on firing Comey began well prior to President Trump moving into the Oval Office.
President Trump states – “If I did one mistake with Comey, I should have fired him before I got here. I should have fired him the day I won the primaries. I should have fired him right after the convention, say I don’t want that guy. Or at least fired him the first day on the job. … I would have been better off firing him or putting out a statement that I don’t want him there when I get there.”
The Hill reports of the exclusive interview with Hill.TV – “Trump has offered different reasons in the past for his firing of the FBI chief, blaming Comey’s handling of the Clinton case but also linking it to Comey’s actions in the Russia investigation.
The president also called into question the FBI’s handling of the Russia investigation, again criticizing it for surveilling his campaign.
He criticizing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court’s approval of the warrant that authorized surveillance of Carter Page, a low-level Trump campaign aide, toward the end of the 2016 presidential race, suggesting the FBI misled the court.
“They know this is one of the great scandals in the history of our country because basically what they did is, they used Carter Page, who nobody even knew, who I feel very badly for, I think he’s been treated very badly. They used Carter Page as a foil in order to surveil a candidate for the presidency of the United States.”
As for the judges on the secret intelligence court: “It looks to me, just based on your reporting, that they have been misled,” the president said, citing a series of columns in The Hill identifying shortcomings in the FBI investigation. “I mean I don’t think we have to go much further than to say that they’ve been misled.”
“One of the things I’m disappointed in is that the judges in FISA didn’t, don’t seem to have done anything about it. I’m very disappointed in that Now, I may be wrong because, maybe as we sit here and talk, maybe they’re well into it. We just don’t know that because I purposely have not chosen to get involved,” Trump said.
The president spared no words in criticizing Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, lawyer Lisa Page and other FBI officials who started the probe. He recited specific text messages Page and Strzok traded while having an affair and investigating his campaign, arguing the texts showed they condoned leaks and conducted a bogus probe.
Those texts are to be released as a result of Trump’s announcement on Monday.”
President Trump cited a text from a conversation between Strzok and Page in which the two discuss obtaining McCabe’s approval to expand the Russian collusion investigation right after Comey was fired, stating – “It’s a hoax, beyond a witch hunt. Comey was a bad guy. He gets fired. They only have Andy left because they know they’re doing wrong,” as he described the depths of corruption that are readily apparent to anyone looking.
The FBI repeatedly leaked information to mainstream media outlets in an effort to create a false narrative against him in an effort to destroy his presidency if he won as a sort of “insurance policy,” stating – “Number one, how illegal is it? And number two, how low is it?”
He added – “What we have now is an insurance policy. But it has been totally discredited, even Democrats agree that it has been discredited. They are not going to admit to it, but it has been totally discredited. I think, frankly, more so by text than by documents.”
When asked what he hoped to accomplish by declassifying these documents, President Trump responded with – “All I want to do is be transparent. I hope to be able put this up as one of my crowning achievements that I was able to … expose something that is truly a cancer in our country.”
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